Argentina is one of South America’s largest wine producers. Saddled against the Andes Mountains, Argentina’s principal wine regions offer the opportunity to experience wine and nature in spectacular settings.
Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. Viniculture in Argentina began in the 16th century during the colonial period. The original cuttings are believed to be from Chile’s Pais grape and California’s Mission grape. The high-altitude deserts of the eastern Andes have given rise to a high-quality wine industry and the terroir is well suited to Argentina's adopted grape variety, the ubiquitous Malbec. Originally from Bordeaux, this is now responsible for some of Argentina's most famous wines, which are characteristically bright and intense, with floral notes and flavors of dark fruit.
Most viticulture in Argentina takes place in the foothills of the Andes, and most famously in Mendoza, where desert landscapes and high altitudes combine to make a terroir that gives rise to aromatic, intensely flavored red wines. Vineyards in Mendoza reach as high as 5000ft (1500m) above sea level and even higher at 9900ft (3000m) in the areas of Salta and Catamarca.
Privileged with outstanding natural richness and extraordinarily diverse landscapes, Argentina boasts high mountains and plains, lush vegetation and extreme deserts, forests and steppes, glaciers and waterfalls.
From harvest to blending, barrel sampling to vertical tastings, and large facilities to small boutique wineries, Argentina offers a wide range of unforgettable experiences for wine enthusiasts. Biking, horseback riding, trekking, and rafting are among the many additional opportunities available to those seeking a well-rounded experience. For those looking to combine wine with nature and culture, Argentine Patagonia and Buenos Aires are among the many jewels that Argentina has to offer.